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Water and Sewer Rate Comparison of 2016 to 2017

Water and Sewer Rate Comparison of 2016 to 2017

    New water and sewer rates go into effect January, 2017 and will be reflected on the January utility bill. The City continues to review the status of its Water and Sewer Funds and make rate adjustments as necessary. Monitoring the cash flow of these funds and implementing recommended rate increases allows the City to work towards positive revenue to cover current and future debt, operations, and re-build reserves for future expansion and maintenance of the City’s sewer and water infrastructure. The new utility rates are based on the 2015 Sewer and Water Study the City Council authorized through Abdo Eick and Meyers, LLP. The study took into consideration general operations, debt obligations, future expansion projects, cash flow and cash reserves.  (Study available at www.belleplainemn.com.) The City enterprise funds are at a critical point due to the debt incurred from housing expansion and the downturn of the housing market that followed.


    There is a 2% increase in the  sewer and water base rate, senior base rate received a 0% increase; usage rates increased as projected in the 2015 utility rate study.


    The monthly residential base rate (not including usage charges) for 2017 is $31.98; a $0.58 monthly increase from 2016. The 2017 base rate (residential 3/4-inch meter) includes base fees of water $9.96; sewer of $15.77, state surcharge of $0.53, street light fee of $2.30, and storm sewer fee of $3.42. The senior monthly base rate for 2017 is $18.57. The tables show the new 2017 rates and the 2016 rates for comparison. Irrigation monthly base rate for 2017 is $3.59, and the per thousand-gallon usage fee is $9.98 for 2017 compared to $9.07 in 2016.
 

NEW FEE IN EFFECT MARCH  1, 2017

Any payments made by the phone will be assessed an additional processing fee of $5.00. This new fee is effective March 1, 2017.    Ways to pay your bill to avoid the additional fee:
  • Pay on-line with your credit card or checking account. Click on Online Payments, then Utility Bills.
  • Drop off the payment at City Hall or in the after-hours drop box to the right of the front door.
  • The easiest and most efficient way to make a payment is to sign up for ACH, where the payment comes out automatically from your checking account on the due date.  You will continue to receive a statement each month.

 

Sign up for ACH - Download the application here.

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